Earlier this year, colleagues at Liverpool UCU balloted for industrial action against a punitive and unreasonable Research Excellence Framework Code of Practice that was being imposed at their institution. While the branch narrowly missed out on the anti-union turnout threshold by only 39 votes, the dispute remains live. University of Liverpool UCU are opposed to the culture of toxic performance management and unreasonable expectations that academic staff are facing, particularly with regards to research performance. Subjective REF rating, which staff entered into out of collegiality can now be used to ‘manage out’ research active staff. The branch has now produced a fantastic document that outlines how this culture at Liverpool goes against the spirit of new REF rules, and also many Draft REF Codes of Practice at similar research-intensive universities who are explicitly stating that REF preparation will not be used as a tool for performance management.
Access the full document HERE.